IKEA Canada Makes Its Own Power!

The retailer has achieved energy independence in 2015

BURLINGTON, ON, April 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Globally, IKEA has an ambition to be energy independent by 2020. IKEA Canada is proud to have more than achieved this goal in 2015, now producing more than double the renewable energy that it takes to operate its 12 stores.  IKEA Canada's wind farm in Alberta generates enough electricity to power about 15,000 Canadian homes – or 32 IKEA stores. In addition, three Ontario IKEA stores are equipped with approximately 2000 solar panels on their rooftops and IKEA Winnipeg is home to Manitoba's largest geothermal installation, providing over 70% of the store's heating and cooling. To celebrate their achievement in making their own power, IKEA Canada is creating a human powered billboard.

What:  The general public is challenged to take part in pedaling 10 power-generating bikes that will light up a sign made up of LED bulbs which will read – We're for making our own power.

IKEA Canada's longstanding partner, Tree Canada, will also be present to demonstrate planting small live spruce tree seedlings. Passersby can join in on the activity and take home their very own potted spruce tree while supplies last.

Where: Yonge and Dundas Square, Toronto, Ontario

Date:  April, 22, 2015, Earth Day

Time: 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Photo Opportunities:

  • The activation will take place all day on April 22, 2015

To learn more about sustainability at IKEA Canada, please visit www.IKEA.ca/PeopleAndPlanet.

About IKEA
IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 361 stores in more than 50 countries worldwide, which are visited by 821 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores which are visited by over 25 million people every year. Last year the IKEA.com websites attracted 1.6 billion visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA, please visit: www.IKEA.ca.


For further information: Alicia Carroll, Public Relations Manager, 416-829-4170, IKEA Canada, alicia.carroll@IKEA.com


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